MA welcomes new Ministry

Medicines Australia, representing Australia’s innovative medicines industry, welcomes yesterday’s announcement of the Ministry under the new Prime Minister, the Hon. Scott Morrison MP.

In particular, said Medicines Australia CEO, Liz de Somer, we congratulate the Hon Scott Morrison on becoming Australia’s 30th Prime Minister.  As Treasurer, the Prime Minister demonstrated the importance of the right economic settings to ensure funding is available to list new medicines. We look forward to working with the Hon Josh Frydenberg as Treasurer to ensure Australians continue to receive these benefits.

“Medicines Australia also welcomes the return of Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP. Minister Hunt has been a strong and effective advocate for our industry, and we are pleased that we will continue to work with the Minister whose priority is listing life -changing medicines for all Australians,” said Ms de Somer.

“Minister Hunt’s commitment to continuing to lead the portfolio of health provides the sector with welcome stability for the remainder of the Government’s term as we seek to ensure the same for the policy environment.

“We extend our congratulations to Senator Simon Birmingham on his appointment to the portfolio of Trade, Tourism and Investment. Senator Birmingham’s solid position on the importance of open trade pathways with the rest of the world is essential not only to grow the pharmaceuticals industry in Australia, but also to ensure our breakthrough medicines reach the rest of the world.

“We would also like to welcome the Hon. Karen Andrews on her appointment as Minister for Industry, Science and Training and we look forward to demonstrating the pivotal contribution that the Medicines Industry makes to Australia.

“Medicines Australia appreciates the opportunity to work with the new Ministry led by Prime Minister Morrison to ensure we have the right policy settings in place to provide certainty not only for this fast-moving sector as it continues to provide very significant advancements in medicines but most importantly ensuring Australians that need them most mreceive them in a timely manner.


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